7.12. Recreation Therapy
Referrals to therapeutic recreation services are essential to improve and enrich bio-psycho-social functioning through active therapy and/or meaningful therapeutic activities to maintain or improve functional independence and life quality. The intended outcome of the service is independence in life activities based upon patient/resident needs and goals.
NOTE: There are organized wheelchair sports associations on local and national levels that may also be referral sources. Fabrication of adaptive appliances (e.g., mouth sticks for typing, painting, or writing splints) and specialized equipment (e.g., sports wheelchair) may be useful in recreational pursuits.